Family Visa

Family Category Visas

If you are thinking of joining your family or partner in Australia, this category may be your answer!

This visas mentioned in this section supports family members to stay together in Australia, and it covers a variety of relationships and purposes. For example, you may seek to apply for this visa because:

  • As parents, you wish to join your children in Australia; or
  • You are emigrating to Australia to join your spouse or partner; or
  • You want to go for an extended holiday with a member of your family based in Australia.
  • Hands-on business/investment set up assistance.

A number of relationships are covered, for example, parents, children, partners and prospective partners are all eligible to apply. A family member who is either an Australian Citizen, a Permanent Resident, or an eligible New Zealand Citizen, or someone who holds an Australian Work Visa or Student Visa, can act as host.

Partner Visa Category

This Visa category is for you if you are either married to or in a de facto relationship with an Australian Citizen/Permanent Resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen. All Partner Visa applicants must be sponsored by their partners (And the partners must be at least 18 years of age.)

An application for an Australian Partner Visa is a two-stage process.

Initially, a temporary Partner Visa will be granted and will be valid for two years from the date of application. After this time, the applicant’s relationship with their partner must be continual and if assessed to be genuine, a permanent Partner Visa will be granted.

This list summarises the visa sub-classes available:

  • Partner Visa (Provisional – Subclass 820) and Permanent (Subclass 801): The Provisional Partner Visa (Subclass 820) is a temporary Visa. It can even be granted when the relationship with the partner is over. It is the first step towards obtaining a Permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801). You need to be in Australia while making an application, and also when Visa is granted.
  • Partner Visa (Provisional – Subclass 309) and Permanent (Subclass 100): These Visas allow partners and spouses of Australian Permanent Residents and Citizens, and eligible New Zealand Citizens, to immigrate to live with their partners or spouses in Australia.

Prospective Marriage Visa Category (Subclass 300)

The Australian Prospective Marriage Visa is a temporary Visa valid for nine months. It enables fiancees of Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents or eligible New Zealand Citizens to enter Australia, and marry.

All Prospective Marriage visa applicants must be sponsored by their fiancees (who must be at least 18 years of age.)

Prospective Marriage Visa applicants are required to demonstrate that they:

  • personally, know and have physically met their fiancee
  • are engaged to marry their fiancee
  • will marry their fiancee within the Visa validity period
  • intend to live in a genuine spousal relationship with their fiancee

The Visa must be applied for while offshore and applicants are required to be outside of Australia at the time when the visa is granted.

Prospective Marriage Visa Category (Subclass 300)

Parents may be able to migrate to Australia if they have a child in Australia who is an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen.

There are various options to pursue under this category. They are:

  • Parent Visa (Subclass 103) or Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 804): Under these categories parents or aged parents of Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents, or eligible New Zealand Citizens can stay in Australia indefinitely, with their children. Once they are granted this Visa they can also enrol with Medicare, and gain access to healthcare and medical assistance.
  • Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 143) or Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): Under this category contributing parents of Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents, or eligible New Zealand Citizens can stay in Australia indefinitely, with their children. They are permitted to work or study during their stay. And, once they are granted this Visa they can also enrol with Medicare, and gain access to healthcare and medical assistance.
  • Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 835/115): Under this category, individuals whose only living relatives are either Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents, or eligible New Zealand Citizens can apply to live with them. The applicants can be onshore or offshore while they apply.
  • Aged Dependent Relative Visa (Subclass 114/ 838): Under this category, applicants who are dependent on their relatives who are either Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents, or eligible New Zealand Citizens can apply to live with them. The state considers a number of causes and the dependence can be financial, emotional or physical in nature.
  • Carer Visa (Subclass 836/ 116): Under this category, applicants who are in the capacity to look after their relatives in Australia who are suffering from medical conditions, disability or trauma, and who cannot look after themselves, can apply as caregivers. It will be assessed whether welfare, hospital, nursing or community facilities pre-existing in Australia can aid the relative in distress, and your application will be given consideration when such options are not available.

Child Visa Category

Children of either a Citizen of Australia, holder of a Permanent Resident Visa or eligible New Zealand Citizen can apply under this category. The child can be the biological child, legally adopted child, stepchild or even an orphan relative of the sponsor.

There are a number of visa options under this category:

  • Child Permanent Visa (Subclass 802/ 101): For children who are residing overseas at the time of application.
  • Orphan Relative Permanent Visa (Subclass 837/ 117): For children from overseas whose parents are deceased, disabled or whose whereabouts are unknown, and who have an eligible sponsor in Australia.
  • Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445): The parent of a dependent child who holds a Temporary Partner Visa and is in the process of obtaining a Permanent Partner Visa can apply under this category.

Adoption Permanent Visa (Subclass 102): For children from overseas who have been or about to be adopted by an eligible sponsor in Australia.

If you wish to apply for an Australian Visa or Permanent Residency under any of the listed categories, or if you want to discuss your eligibility, we encourage you to contact us today!

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